Snowball Fight Pillow Tutorial

Welcome, new friends and old!  My tutorial today is part of the Deck The Halls series hosted by the every-so-lovely Ellison Lane Quilts!!!   Don’t miss a chance to win a $20 gift card from Pink Castle Fabrics- just leave a comment to this post to be entered!

And here’s my tutorial!!

Ain’t she pretty?!  It’s scary how giddy a flippin’ pillow can make me.

Here’s what you’ll need to cut:

  • 16 4.5″ squares from a variety of prints.  I used 2 squares from each of the 8 prints in my Jingle bundle.
  • 64 1.75″ squares in white
The great thing about snowball blocks is you can easily make them in any size, and without a pattern.  Perfect for charm packs & layer cakes.  To make sure your snowballs look nice and round, you just want your corner squares about a third the length of your print squares- so you might try a 3.5″ corner square with a 10″ block, etc.

Using a ruler and pencil, draw a light diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the white squares.  Then go ahead and pin 4 squares to the corners of all 16 of your print squares.  Be sure you position the marked lines across the corners and not pointing in toward the center of the block.

Now you’re going to stitch ON all of these lines, from corner to corner on each white square.

Ok, pause.  Can we just be real for a sec?  If you think I actually drew 64 little lines to make a pillow, you’re crazy.  No, I drew lines for one block to show you the “official” way to do this, and then proceeded to stitch all the rest of my blocks line-free.  C’mon, these blocks are TINY…you can do it!  Corner to corner.  Boom.

Ah, ok, I feel so much better having confessed that.  Moving on.

So there’s definitely an intentional process for chain stitching these guys…I assure you, the last thing you want to do is stitch each little seam, stop, lift the foot and clip your threads, turn the piece, stitch, clip…no no no.

By all means chain stitch these, but it’s like the never-ending chain…  Start by chain stitching one square on each block- so you have a nice little parade of squares piling up behind your machine.  When you get to the last block, grab your first one, clip it free with scissors, and proceed to then chain stitch the second seam on each block…and around and around we go.  By the end, you’ll have gone around 4 times without stopping.

Next, clip apart your chain, and trim a 1/4″ seam allowance at each corner.

PS- don’t throw your triangle scraps away!  Trust me, these are so usable!  Check out a few of my tiny triangle ideas, and stay tuned for the floating triangle block tutorial I’ll be posting later this month.

Now just press your white corners open.  Even though it was a little bit less convenient, I actually chose to press my seams toward the inside of block for a couple of reasons.  First, I didn’t want the seam allowances showing through the white.  Secondly, and this is a new little slice of info that I just learned this year and am really excited about- the pieces that your seams are pressed toward will actually subtly “stand out” more in your design, literally, because the allowance is resting under them, lifting them up higher than the opposing pieces.  And I wanted my snowballs to stand out- not the white diamonds.  Seems like it wouldn’t matter, and you know, it doesn’t really, but why not make an intentional informed choice either way?

Keep in mind that at this point, your snowballs will probably look a bit more “diamondy” than you’d envisioned.  That’s ok.  Once you stitch them all together to create your pillow or quilt, the seam allowances will fix this, and add to the round-ish snowball shape that makes these blocks so cute.

See?  So easy.  Now go make a cute snowball pillow or quilt before Christmas bites you in the butt, steals your wallet, and runs away!

Like the fabrics I used??  It’s my new bundle for sale over at Sew Lux Fabrics -“Jingle.”  The bundle will be available through December and you can snag one here.


Don’t forget to leave a comment to this post to enter the giveaway for $20 to Pink Castle Fabrics!!!  Contest will close 12/7 at midnight PST, and will be announced right here, along with the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day winner on 12/8.

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now CLOSED

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!  Pop back over to Ellison Lane Quilts tomorrow, 12/7, for the last tutorial and give away in the Deck the Halls series!!


  1. Wow, this is truly beautiful, what a great project. I love your new sewing machine too – so cute. I wonder how it compares to your super one that you use normally? I have a Brother that I bought for just over £100 about 7 years ago and keep droolling at all the other machines but then think do I really need one when the one I have does just great…. although you can’t lower the feed dogs.


    • Karen, in the Craftsy class that Leah Day is giving, she notes that lowering the feed dogs is not necessary and maybe not even the best practice when free motion quilting. She suggests setting your stitch length to 0 instead. You get the same effect but better. I’ve tried it and yes, she is right. The stitching is smoother and cleaner. She has a ton of other great insights too, so if you haven’t thought about signing up for her class, I highly recommend it.

      • Hi Chriss

        That sounds like a jolly good idea. I will go and have a look. I am currently zig zag stitching around some leaves on a Lynette Anderson block which is slow going as because of the shape and the battle with the feed dogs !

        Thanks again K

  2. Amy, This looks like such a fun pillow to make. I have my holiday fabrics pulled out and just waiting for attention. BTW, I see you are using your new-to-you Featherweight to make the pillow. I have to tell you that your blog about your machine inspired me to make a purchase of my own a few days ago. I am now the proud owner of “The greatest sewing machine ever made”, a Singer 401A Slant-O-Matic. This is a 1951 beauty with a gorgeous 6 drawer cabinet. I have nicknamed her Lillian, after my mother who instilled in me a love for all things fabric. (I’d post a picture, but it is not possible here.) Thanks for all of your inspiration too!

  3. Love this fabric combo, and your snowballs look great! Now I’m pondering another possible pattern with some upcoming leftover fabric…

  4. What a fun stack of fabric! Cute pillow-it amazes me all that you get done!

  5. Love this! So simple, yet so effective! Hmmm I see some extra Christmas presents coming on! :)

  6. Such a pretty design! Thanks for sharing.
    Have you ever made a second line of stitching on the corner block BEFORE cutting it off? You then cut between the lines of stitching and end up with a teeny square made from the two triangles.

  7. This is super cute! I love that you are making great use of your new machine. I got a 1921-1923 treadle model that I can not wait to get to play on. I sent her off for some tlc at what I am calling the sewing machine spa lol. I can’t wait to try it out. It makes me feel very nostalgic!

  8. Wonderfully cute! This is going on my to-do list right away!

  9. Love this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing, I see projects for next year as I know I won’t get any done this year.

  10. Such an adorable pillow! I think I might have to find some time to make a few for myself before Christmas :) And I guess I could make a few to give away too!

  11. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing it. This is definitely on my to do list. I love my 1936 Featherweight, born in Elizabeth, NJ. Did you know you can date them by serial number and find out where they were manufactured? I love to piece on mine. In fact I did most of my Craftsy BOM on it. It is such a great machine.

  12. Ever since I found your free Craftsy Block of the Month class I have been in awe of your great teaching ability and creativity. Now that you are a busy mom of 4 with infant twins, no less, you continue to give us great ideas and teach us carefully how to make fun and beautiful creations. Thanks once again!!

  13. Woo-Hoo! Love, love, love the fabric and the pillow. Can’t wait for the fabric to get here. This year we are going crazy with Christmas throw pillows for decorating. Thanks for giving us another to add to the pile. I hope nobody will want to sit on our furniture during the holidays ;) Thanks a bunch!

  14. Oh my heavens! This is so stinkin’ cute! :-)

  15. I love the pillow and what a nice tutorial. I really like this block and all it’s creative potential. I’m envisioning a full-size quilt or throw to go along with that pillow! Thanks for sharing this design and giving such thorough instructions, including your confession of not marking every square and the tip about chain piecing. While I’m a long time seamstress, I’m a newbie (and impatient) quilter so I need all the tips and tricks I can get!

  16. WOW–This pillow is so gorgeous and looks to be very easy as well–love it! Great tutorial! Thanks “sew” very much for sharing! Keep creating!!

  17. Did you fuss with yourself about how to quilt the pillow top? I always do. I love your simple straight lines. I’d like to know what other options you entertained. How are your children these days? And, has hubby blogged recently?

  18. So fresh and fun!

  19. you are so clever, this is such a cute project! love, love, love, it.

  20. Love it, you’re right perfect snowball, and thanks for the tutorial, I probably would have penciled all those lines…

  21. Amy, what a lovely pillow – can you post a link on how to finish it for those of us who’ve never made one?

  22. Interesting tidbit about turning the seam allowance in. When I looked at your first picture I thought “appliquéd”. Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. Amy~
    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Just last week, I was scouring the internet for a cute Christmas pillow pattern that I could make to give as a hostess gifts this holiday season! I hadn’t quite found anything yet until you shared this beautiful pattern! Thanks a bunch! Looking forward to Sugar Block Club in 2013!!!

  24. My favorite night snack (especially now in the winter) is hot choclate with Oreo’s :) Thanks for great giveaway!

  25. Thanks Amy what a great pillow!

  26. Love this pillow – you could use charm squares for it too!

  27. It’ s an amazing project. Thanks. It’s beautiful. I love your photos, too!

  28. What a super cute CUTE pillow!

  29. Aaaaaagh ! Now that’s another pattern I just have to try. Looks gorgeous. At 1st glance I thought you’d been doing hex’s, but no, this is quicker and looks like fun. I have just finished my 3rd puff quilt for my children (1 to go ) and was trying to remember where the instructions were for the the christmas rag quilt that was next in line, saw another gorgeous pattern I wanted to make up – and now this. It might just get snuck in. I do have some christmas prints that would look gorgeous in it. Now where are they ? Aaaargh ! Thanx so much. You make life fun.

  30. Amy – I love this tutorial and I always love reading your posts :) I’m really trying to focus on making items for my house for the holidays. I call myself a quilter but I give everything away. Time to make my house look like a quilter lives here! Thanks for the tutorial!

  31. I love snowball blocks (just made some snowmen Christmas ornaments using them) and can’t wait to make a couple of pillows for our new home (hopefully the house will be finished before Christmas…fingers crossed!). Thanks for the tutorial….wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year!!!

  32. Another darling project from Amy!!!!! I. LOVE. This. Pillow. Thank you for the tutorial (and the confession);-) You’re the best!

  33. Erika Bodwell says:

    I am a big fan of the simplicity of Snowballs. It is one of those blocks that is so easy yet the extreme attention to detail for the perfect 1/4 seam is a must. The only quilt I have finished from top to binding was a solid snowball I made for my 7 year old son. I finished it when he was really sick with Scarlet fever and it really comforted him.

  34. Adorable pillow Amy!! I am so going to make one. Love the new blog design, too. I would like to chat with you at Sew South about WordPress vs. Blogger!!

  35. A snowball something is on my “I want to-do list”. My fav snack is whatever I have in the house that’s sweet & salty.

  36. Very cute pillow! I think I’ll need to make it now :)

  37. Love this pillow. Glad I found your blog today!

  38. What a fun pillow! Thanks for the tutorial. It’s perfect for Christmas.

  39. Love this pillow, thanks for a great tutorial, as soon as I saw the pillow I was thinking how do you make that block! So thanks for sharing

  40. lovely pillow the fabric is just right have not done snowballs yet think i will now !!

  41. Allison C says:

    Love your pillow! Thanks for the great tutorial

  42. super cute.I add this tuto to my to dolist.Thanks !!

  43. Love the fabric choices! Even though they are not from Christmas lines they are so festive together.

  44. Fabulous colours! I love the cushion – thanks for a great tutorial!

  45. I love your pillow and the tutorial is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it. My favorite late night snack is popcorn. Mmmmm, wish I had some now!

  46. What a cute project – the fabric looks so cheery!

  47. Becky Greene says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! Wouldn’t a hand-quilted snowflake be adorable in each white square?

  48. That is such an adorable pillow!

  49. Lisa Marie says:

    Cute pillow and I love the fact that the fabrics are mostly non-seasonal prints but when combined it is just perfect for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

  50. Fun pillow – great instructions

  51. Cute pillow! It looks great and would be so easy to make. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the fabric, so bright and Christmassy.

  52. Shelley Meyers says:

    Great pillow thank for showing it and the give away!!

  53. You always make blocks look so easy! I think a larger single one into an ornament might be cute. Thanks so much.

  54. Lisa McGriff says:

    This tutorial is great. Can’t wait to make this one!

  55. Thanks for such a great tutorial! Looks awesome and really isn’t that hard. My kind of quick project.

  56. Supercute – Definately want to try this!

  57. Beverly Wieben says:

    Great ideas and display for teaching and I really like this idea and today is my sewing day as always,,,lol,lol,lol SO OFF I GO TO MAKE A PILLOW,,,,Thank you again,,
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ these are ROSES for you, You pick the color!!!!!!

  58. Thank you so much for this lesson, it is very nicely done and off I go to sew,,,,,,,,,,,,Bw!!!!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

  59. Love this! Will definitely try it with the small bits of holiday fabric I buy every year and then don’t have time to use. The name (Snowball Fight) is inspired!

  60. great tutorial!

  61. THANKS FOR THE LESSON,,,,,,,,,,,,GREAT JOB,,,,

  62. I favorited this yesterday to make for my daughter.. going out to buy fabric now for it.

  63. Jo Ann R. says:

    This would be a great pattern for a Christmas quilt. I just got a 20 pack of Moda Christmas fat quarters in the mail the other day that I ordered online. Can’t wait to start….Merry Christmas!!

  64. What a great project! I have to figure out if I can squeeze this in. I just decided I have to make new stockings for my son and daughter. I realized they have soooo outgrown their stockings now that they are in their 20’s! Thanks for another wonderful tutorial!

  65. Love the tutorial. Can’t wait to make a pillow

  66. Great the pillow. I’ll give this a try. Thanks!

  67. Thanks for such a fun tutorial – I bet this pillow could be made for any season with the right fabrics – I loved your quilt block of the moth class too! :D

  68. patti krueger says:

    I went home last night and put together this pillow with some leftover christmas fabric I had from a quilt. It turned out so cute. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! Your pillow is adorable!! I will have to make this one!!

  70. What a great tutorial!!! You make it all look so easy that I can’t wait to try it. I love your machine too! My brand new singer jammed up so I am using my old Pfaff 130. (It is like the featherweight but weighs a ton. lol) It does a beautiful stitch though!!
    Love your fabric choices. You are the best!!!

  71. What a fun tutorial! I just used a couple of those fabrics in a quilt!

  72. Love, love, love your pillow. A great tutorial as well! I’ve got some scraps that I need to be using to make one as well!

  73. What a fantastic pillow, definitely something I can quickly make to give my living room/bedroom a Christmas feel! Thanks for the chance to win.

  74. Cute pillow! Love the fabrics :) Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

  75. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial!


  77. I’ve never made a fabric snowball before – you make it look incredibly easy! I’ll give it a whirl :)

  78. I’m new to quilting and I wondered how to make this block. This is a fantastic tutorial – I’ll give it a try!

  79. I can’t wait to try this – I have a bunch of Christmas fabric squares just sitting in my bin that would be perfect. Thanks!

  80. Jayne Griffith says:

    Love it!

  81. Lois Ruley says:

    Thank you so much for posting this ~~ It is very sweet~

  82. I love the snowball block, its so simply and beautiful. Thanks for hosting the givaway.

  83. lovely tutorial thanks for sharing!

  84. This pillow looks great! and I love the fabrics, too. Thanks for the very clear tutorial.

  85. So very cute! The snowball pattern is easy – why don’t I make one! I can start with a pillow now with your great tutorial.

  86. Rose Schuldt says:

    Love the pillow idea Thanks for sharing.

  87. Joyce Dostman says:

    love all your ideas!!! it is added to my to do list!

  88. Ah, finally a blogger who ‘fesses up! I have to say, if I felt like I had to draw all those diagonal lines, I’d never do a project like this. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  89. yaaaaay giveawaaaaay!

  90. I am so making this one today – I love, love, love it. I just happen to have most of those fabrics too – Thanks for the great tutorial.

  91. What a cute pillow. I really need to learn how to do zippers and make some pillow covers. There are so many cute ones out there. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  92. cute pillow – good clear tut – would be fun to play with some of this fabric.

  93. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    Love the pillow and tute! Thanks for the chance!

  94. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    This is so cute!! I was just making Christmas pillows so this is just in time. I will try this after lunch. Thank you…

  95. Made a few snowballs already myself (before your tutorial). Can’t wait to put them together and quilt. Special pillows for the holiday wil be fun.

  96. Betty Beard says:

    Hi Amy
    The pillow is cute. I am making a table runner using snowball patteren and holidsy fabric. I would love to win fabric.

  97. Megan Thompson says:

    I love the simple quilting you did on the pillow. I have to try that. I may just have enough scrap from my sampler holiday quilt to make one of these guys.

  98. Love the crispness of your fabrics! Will definitely have to add this to the “let’s make one” pile – though where I’m from I never see a snowball year round, may have to make several so my kids can have a SNOWBALL FIGHT!

  99. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    The pillow is gorgeous, and I love finding out that which direction I press the seam toward matters! Who knew?

  100. Perfect holiday pillow…thanks for posting the tutorial and giveaway!

    I also love your Teenie Tiny Scraps Garland. What a great idea for using my triangle scraps!

  101. Elizabeth R. says:

    Amy, Thank you so very much for this tutorial. Looks like I have another Christmas gift idea. Quick and easy! A quilted pillow makes you happy…..cause it’s the simple things in life that make us feel good. As always….you are simply…..AWESOME! ❤ Looking forward to the tutorial on the leftover corners! Merry Christmas ⛄

  102. Great pillow! Love that your tute keeps it real.

  103. Sonia Plyler says:

    Sew festive, sew beautiful, sew much fun! I was debating on cleaning my house or sewing…you may have inspired me to sew! :)

  104. So pretty! For some reason, I’ve always thought of snowballs as too traditional, but you’ve definitely made them look modern here. Thanks for the tute.

  105. Kathy MacKie says:

    You make it look sew simple, thanks.

  106. Love the snowball effect. I need to make 3 pillows for gifts so I think I am going to do this one in three different lines of fabric. Thanks for the tutorial.

  107. What a great pillow Amy!! I love it and can’t wait to try making one. Love the sewing machine too :)
    Thanks again Amy for another great tutorial!

  108. Great tutorial! So nice written!

  109. I love your pillow! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial :)

  110. great fabric, great pillow! thanx for a great tute!

  111. This pillow design is adorable! With a variety of prints, anytime of is the perfect partner for an armchair. Can’t wait to make!

  112. Looks like so much fun! Another Christmas project!

  113. Lovely pillow – and snowballs for winter too! Sweet!

  114. What a sweet little pillow! Thanks for sharing!

  115. Such a cute pillow, thanks the tutorial!

  116. Great tutorial!!! Especially the “why” you are pressing towards the snowball, not the triangles – makes so much sense!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

  117. Hi Amy, why oh why do I enter giveaways? I never win. Never! Especially with over 100 entries. And I still have my heart pounding the day you pick the winner and it’s never me. Never! And I always feel let down. But I always try again. When will I learn? I need to just read the blogs happily and let others enter the giveaways. Take the pressure off of myself and my heart. Thanks for the chance!!! Jeanne

  118. Lindy Nobles says:

    This is a great tutorial!!! Sew easy (pun intended) to follow and love the Christmas colors. Could also be adapted to other holidays like Valentines. You make it look so easy and fun

  119. Mary Burnette says:

    Love the snowball pillow and your tutorial makes it look oh so easy. I will certainly have to put this on my list of things to make! Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. I love this and the quilting is awesome too. Cute Christmas fabrics. Might have to make one of these. There are only 8 pillows on my couch right now. lol

  121. I love this pillow!!! I will be making a few now for my own sofa and couple for my in laws. This is such great tutorial. Thank you!!!

  122. Beautiful! And much less complex to make then it looks – I’m surprised! Thanks for the giveaway!

  123. Sandy Pederson says:

    What a great tutorial. At first I thought that it was going to be so difficult. I love it and can not wait to try it. Thanks!

  124. Great tutorial! I think I might be caught up with all my other projects by Christmas Eve….so then…I can make this cute pillow! Snowy prints so I can keep it out unitil spring.

  125. Great pillow! Although I have a hundred other things in process and a deadline, I might have to make this today!

  126. This is the cutest pillow! I hope I have enough Christmas fabric stash to try this! Love your choices. Since I’m math challenged, if I follow your cutting directions, what size pillow form would I end up needing? I like using pillow forms rather than polyfil.

  127. What a great tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway!

  128. Britt Richardson says:

    I adore your pillow! Finishing a cute accessory like this would make me pretty stinkin’ happy, too. Thanks for sharing. I think it would be adorable onthe reverse as well, white snowballs, colored diamonds!

  129. Sally Hannon says:

    What a neat pattern! I’m almost finished with one.

  130. Love, love the snowball pillow with the jingle fabric. You are so inspiring. How do you do it? I made the garden lattice using your tutorial. Actually I have a quilt top now, don’t know when it will become a quilt. I used black and white fabric with red lattices. Thanks for giveaway opportunity.

  131. Very cute snowball pillow. Thanks for the tutorial. Loved, loved, loved your Craftsy BOM class – thanks so much! And thanks for the opportunity to win!

  132. My goodness, your creativity and drive are amazing!! Love the fabric and the pattern! Thank you for sharing. Now to add it to all my other projects! How DO YOU DO IT!?

  133. Thanks for the great tip on proportions when making a snowball block. I’ve looked high and low for this info and here it is! Thanks also for the lovely giveaway.

  134. What a neat block idea! I saw someone sharing a table runner form this block and it was super cute. Thanks for sharing this project!

  135. Love your snowball block and the tutorial! I think I might use it to do a quilt to showcase fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

  136. I love these hexis large, I did a quilt like this, love it. beautiful work !

  137. Chriss Jasper says:

    I love your fabric and the project, I have family who will love this project…off to get some fabric and get started! Your instructions and photos are terrific too.

  138. Lori Morton says:

    Love your Pillow! It’s beautiful!! Thanks sooooo much for sharing Tutorial on how to make our own! :)

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing too! Yay! :)

  139. Lucia Gabor says:

    Great little project for a quick lovely gift, thanks Amy!

  140. Adorable!

  141. I love snowballs of all kinds, but these are the cutest! Great idea!

  142. Just the thing to go on my couch during the holiday season! Loving it!

  143. Thanks for the tutorial. Pink Castle has a great selection.

  144. I would love to win! thanks for the chance!

  145. Thanks for the very clear tutorial. Merry Christmas.

  146. Nancy Angerer says:

    Your tutorial is clear and easy to follow. Thanks!

  147. Julie Beard says:

    Amy, it “sew” perfect for christmas and anytime. Love it.Julie

  148. Andrea Williams says:

    Super cute pillow! I think I may make snowball table runners or perhaps mugrugs…. Wish there were more hours in the day.

  149. Debra Bell says:

    Love your pillow! Absolutely love your Craftsy Block of the Month! I’m working on some other things right now, but I turn it on and listen to you while I sew. Crazy right? I know I’m to late for the giveaway, but my favorite late night snack changes. Last night it was chocolate milk.

  150. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your awesome talents.

  151. Love the pillow and the colors. What a great block, thanks for the tutorial!

  152. I love bright Christmas Prints – these are great and so nicely showcased in the snowball pattern :)

  153. I hope you’re right about those little triangles. I have so many of them now that it’s kinda scary!

  154. Love this pillow! And I too save my triangles….I use them as leaders and enders when I am sewing and end up with great mini-hsts!

  155. Deborah French says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I need another present for a special person, and this just might do the trick! I love all your instructions, so easy to follow! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  156. I love Snowball block! Merry Christmas!:D

  157. What an awesome pillow!! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

  158. This pillow is so cute and simple too-I love it!!

  159. Still loving the pillow and I have my fabric order in lol!

  160. thanks for the tutorial (love the fabrics!) and the sweet giveaway chance!

  161. Wow – this is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial

  162. very cute – the patchwork and featherweight :)

  163. Thank you for the tutorial – I have it saved so I can give it a try!

  164. Marjorie Seward says:

    can’t wait to make this pillow, love the idea.

  165. Love the pillow! So cute, with Christmasy colors! I’ve always wanted to do a snowball quilt, but think I’ll start with the pillow instead! Thanks for the tutorial!

  166. Shannon O. says:

    I love it! I also love making special things that I only bring out for the holidays so I double love it.

  167. Love the pillow :)

  168. That is very cute. I need to see some real snowballs;)

  169. Maureen CY says:

    What a cute pillow! Your tutorials are always so easy to follow along with! I’m not new to sewing but I am a beginner quilter and I really appreciate all the pictures and tips. Thank you!

  170. I love snowball quilts! Thanks for the hard work you pit into the tutorial.

  171. Im all for fabric! I got sewlux joy material the other day, so neat! I especially like the modern trees! good idea for a pillow for it. I just finished making a short table runner out of 3 rows of 5″ squares and made the mat using the lil twister thingy. very cool, I outlined the middle for the quilting. and used the scrap on the edge cut it off and made binding I bordered it in white sash first. I think I might make some place mats too. I tried 4″ squares, did not get good results but I have about 1200 squares.sigh…

  172. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  173. Pamela Hall says:

    Love, love, love!! From the great tutorial to the perfect fabric for the season! Thanks for the opportunity to learn and to win!

  174. Love the pillow pattern! Just bought a Featherweight on eBay, but so far I haven’t used it much. I learned to sew using a Featherweight many years ago. I recognized one of your fabrics from Marmalade collection as I just finished an iPad cover for my daughter.

  175. Cute! And that stack is drool-worthy. And who would throw away those leftover triangles?! I couldn’t imagine doing such a thing-I hate to waste even a smidgen of the precious fabric!

  176. thanks for the cute tutorial

  177. Cute pillow and fabrics – so how did you do the back to create the pillow. Maybe the can be a part two of the tutorial? I haven’t learn what type of pillow do you buy or do you stuff it with fluff? That is where I’m stuck. Any help is appreciated.

  178. Christmas 2013. It’s me and the snowball pillow. Great tutorial, by the way. You take such great pictures as you’re working! :)

  179. It IS scary how a gorgeous pillow can make you feel giddy – happens to me all the time! Your snowball pillow is so cute, love the modern, stylish Christmas vibe. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  180. Love the fresh Christmas fabrics. Such a cute idea for a pillow for the holiday season”

  181. What a festive and beautiful pillow! Thank you for a great tutorial as well. I really want to make this pillow so it’s now on my list to-do.

    Thank you and Pink Castle Fabrics for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.


  182. Your Block of the Month class is teaching me! I understood these directions. They excite me! Last year before you got a hold of my brain, I would have been so lost. You are teaching me to piece. Thank you!!!!


  183. I love the tutorial i shall have to try and squeeze it in before christmas.
    Thank you for the giveway
    Happy Christmas

  184. What a pretty cushion -thanks for sharing!

  185. Jennifer Nunnery says:

    Amy, I have got to stop visiting your blog! Just kidding! But honestly, I just counted up how many quilting projects I have going right now and it stands at 9 (including the Sugar Block starting in a few weeks). I have set a goal to get them all done within the next year. I have signed up for the Free Motion Quilting class on craftsy with Leah Day and hope that this will help me knock out the ones that just need to be quilted. But this little nugget of wonderful may have to wait until next year…unless I make it a winter snowball and not just Christmas…Oh there I go again.

  186. Great pillow! I love the choice of fabrics and how simple it is to make this.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win, Amy!


  187. Gorgeous pillow! I love your fabric selections!!

  188. I love the pattern on this cushion! Thanks so much for sharing.

  189. I really enjoy your tutorials, great colors

  190. i just made a tree skirt out of snowball blocks – thanks for the great tutorial!!

  191. Such a cute pillow. I love snowball blocks and using the leftover triangles. Can’t wait for the floating triangle tutorial.

  192. Thanks for the tutorial. Snowballs make a very cute pillow.

  193. This is a great pillow! Thanks for the tutorial.

  194. Count me in! Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. snowball blocks are so easy and fun!
    thanks for the give-away!

  196. Dawn Hollingsworth says:

    What a terrific tutorial! AND giveaway! Thanks and Merry Christmas :)

  197. Love it! I. Do. No. Need. Another. Pre-Christmas. Project. But I really would love to whip this up for my reading chair :)

  198. Karrie Smith says:

    I love the pillow!!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  199. Great pillow tutorial. I looked at it and thought uh oh it’s made with hexagon’s but to my surprise it wasn’t. Looks easy and fun to make and I’m adding to my to do list. Now I’ll just have to find time in the new year to get my quilting/sewing to do list done as well as begin making gifts for Christmas next year. Never to late to get started so I’m not rushing at the end of the year. As always, your tutorials are easy to understand and are fantastic. It would be exciting to win as well.

  200. Ramona M. says:

    What an adorable pillow. Thanks so much for the tutorial and for the chance to win

  201. mandy laseter says:

    Late seeing the blog, but I wanted to say I am happy to see you using the featherweight. Sews like a dream doesn’t it?

  202. Beautiful Pillow. Thank you for the tute. Love the fabrics.

  203. I love your pillow. So simple and cute.

  204. You’ve inspired me…I need to get crafting before Christmas comes and passes me by :) Great tutorial :)

  205. I’ve noticed you’re using your vintage sewing machine! I guess it worked fine. I just want to say that I love your blog and I have watched BOM at Craftsy. So inspiring and then I saw this cute pillow and had to run out and get some materials. I can’t wait to start doing projects from your tutorial!

  206. Kathy Hassig says:

    Great pillow, great blog!

  207. I went to see about ordering a bundle of your Christmas fabric and now on the 17th of December it is not available. Luckily for you it has sold out. Unluckily for us the customers, it is not available through December. Congrats on it’s selling out! Boo hoo for us. It is beautiful.

  208. Just a question Amy, you mention “stay tuned for the floating triangle block tutorial I’ll be posting later this month”…a) Could you help me understand a “floating triangle” is that just when a triangle is isolated in space by a contract around it?
    and b)
    did that floating triangle block tutorial happen, i can’t find it :)

  209. Connie Rodriguez says:

    nice pillow, thanks for the chance to win

  210. This is such a pretty pillow! Thank you for the great tutorial and also this wonderful giveaway! I sure hope i win! :)

  211. Cute!

  212. I’m new to quilting; with this easy to follow tutorial, I think that I can truely Make the snowball pillow. I’m excited. Thank you.

  213. Janice Dyer says:

    Very cute pillow and so easy. Will have to dig out my Christmas fabrics and make a couple.

  214. Paula Spiece says:

    Is this a 16 inch pillow – you didn’t say, or I did not find it. Thanks

  215. What size pillow form will I need for this?

    • Hi Virginia! I used a 16″ X 16″ pillow form for mine, but this pattern could easily be adapted to fit any size pillow, simply by using more or less snowball blocks. Have fun, and thanks for stopping by! -Amy


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